HEARTSTRINGS by HEATHER GUNTER ~ Blog Tour Stop (Review & Giveaway)

Heartstrings (Love Notes #2)
By: Heather Gunter
Genre: YA (Romance)
Publication Date: August 3, 2013
Cover Design: Robin Harper, Wicked Design - Facebook Page
Event Organized by: Into The Night Reviews - On Facebook

Everyone thinks of me as this happy and upbeat person. What they don't know is that I carry a deep, dark secret. Something horrible happened to me a year ago, and I have kept it quiet all this time. I was fine for a while, but somehow it’s chosen this time to come back, and it's eating at me--like a cancer.

I need to tell someone about it, I just don't know how. I'm pushing everyone I love away, including my mom and my best friend Charlie.

Then there is Will. Handsome, sweet Will. We went out on a date a while back, but then the incident happened leaving me crushed and him confused.

How do you tell someone you care about all of your secrets, and will they still want you when the truth comes out?



Heartstrings is the second book in the Love Notes series.  Heather Gunter weaves us through a heart wrenching story of both strength and growth.  This is an emotional 3.5 star read!

Tori is a strong and beautiful senior in high school.  She was living life to the fullest until one fateful night when her innocence was ripped from her.  Now she struggles to keep her head above the weight of her dark secret and with each passing day she is losing that fight.

"Tears continue to track their way down my face and I feel a soft hand gently rub them away.  If only it were that simple, to just rub your demons away and be whole."

Will has loved Tori almost since the moment he met her.  They had their one and only date a year ago.  Said date left a permanent mark on each of their hearts but for very different reasons. Just as Tori is letting Will back into her heart, she opens up to her mom and Charlie. Can their relationship overcome Tori's dark secret?  Can Tori salvage a piece of her heart for Will?

"I fell in love with you over a year ago and I never stopped.  My feelings never faltered, and I told you, I never stopped caring, not even from a distance.  This doesn't change how I feel about you.  I love you, Tori, and this isn't going to make me stop or change my mind." 

The Supporting characters play a huge role in Heartstrings.  Charlie and Maverick are a strong foundation for Tori.  Their support and love help both Tori and Will through some very difficult times.  I think we could all use friends like them.

One of the things I enjoyed most was the growth Tori experienced.  She was a strong young woman in the beginning but she was still a "victim" and drowning in all her emotions.  By the end of the book she is a "survivor".

"My name is Tori. I am no one's victim. And by God, I am a survivor! I've been to hell and back and I. Will. Heal. I may never forget; but I will never again think about you like I have. I will never give you the power I've been giving you for the last year, and I will never let you hurt anyone else again."

Without a doubt, Ms Gunter pulled on my heart strings and made me ache for all the characters involved. I would recommend this YA novel to anyone, especially to those with teenage daughters.


Heather is a devoted mother of three gorgeous boys. She balances spending as much time with them as possible with writing, updating her Into the Night Reviews book blog and her day job. Her love of animals sees her home in Canton, GA bursting with numerous dogs and ferrets.

Heather campaigns passionately for anti-bullying initiatives and has a strong conviction to reduce peoples suffering at the hands of bullies.

A talented singer, who once dreamed of pursuing a career in that field, she has put that goal aside in exchange for her writing. A self proclaimed geek, whatever spare time she has is spent curled on the couch reading and listening to music.


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  1. Thank you so much for being a part of the Heartstrings tour, thank you so much for the review!! <3

  2. Thanks for sharing your review and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com